TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Senior Caitlin Dent hit a tiebreaking, two-run home run in the fifth inning, and N.C. State beat Virginia Tech 3-1 in the semifinals of the ACC softball championship at JoAnne Graf Field.
Dents homer came after sixth-seeded Virginia Tech tied the game at 1-all in the top of the inning on a run-scoring single by Dani Anderson.
N.C. State scored in the top of the first when junior Scout Albertson hit a soft fly ball to left field that bounced off the fielders glove. Dent scored the games first run, but Chelsea Tate was thrown out at third base to end the inning.
Virginia Tech had two runners in scoring position with two outs in the second and third innings, and loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but N.C. State starter Emily Weiman was able to pitch out of trouble each time.
N.C. State advances to the title game and against top-seeded Florida State.
No. 1 Florida State 3, No. 4 North Carolina 0: In the other semifinal, Lacey Waldrop threw a two-hit shutout to beat Tar Heels starter Lori Spingola, and Maddie OBrien hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to lead the Seminoles.
Orr and Amber Parrish had UNCs hits.
Campbell 4, Liberty: The second-seeded Camels scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to overtake the Flames at the Big South championship at Rock Hills S.C. Raven Lee hit a solo home run for Campbell.
Duke 4, Coastal Carolina 0: Senior Henrique Cunha captured wins in doubles and singles during the host Blue Devils first round victory in the NCAA team championships. Duke faces UNC Wilmington at noon Saturday in the second round.
N.C. State 4, No. 24 Auburn 1: The Wolfpack defeated the Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The Wolfpack advances to face the winner of Oklahoma-Wichita State.
Notre Dame 4, N.C. State 1: The Wolfpack squandered a 2-1 lead in doubles and fell to the Fighting Irish in the first round of the NCAA team championships at Anne Arbor, Mich. Rachael James-Baker had N.C. States only singles win.
North Carolina 4, S.C. State 0: The host Tar Heels dropped just six combined doubles games and Whitney Kay, Zoe De Bruycker and Tessa Lyons were singles winners as UNC advanced to the second round of the NCAA championships for the 13th straight year. They face Tennessee Saturday at 11 a.m.